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News and opinion from local teens

In modern media, it’s a man’s world

  By Juliet Daniel An American Apparel advertisement for a flannel shirt shows a man sitting by a window, shirt buttoned up and tucked in, hands in pockets, looking relatively normal. An advertisement by the same company for the same shirt depicts a woman stretched out in front of a wall, shirt fully unbuttoned, underwear and bra exposed, looking totally sexualized and itemized. Call me hypercritical, but I can’t stand the blaring sexism that infiltrates modern media. Music videos like… Read More »

Why students cheat: SparkNotes

By HANK SMITH HEALDSBURG HIGH SCHOOOL, 18, SENIOR Sometimes, it just can’t be helped. Whether it’s because of sports, family events, other homework or just plain procrastination or laziness, every student at one time or another has skipped on their reading homework. And at times like those, likely to the teacher’s chagrin, SparkNotes was there for them. Since its founding, SparkNotes has been an invaluable resource and a constant temptation to English students at various grade levels across the country.… Read More »

Why students cheat: Temptations

By ALEX WOOD HEALDSBURG HIGH SCHOOL, 16, JUNIOR Life is full of temptations. As anyone will attest to, there are times when the drive and desire to do what you know you should not do is overpowering. In high school, college and even in post-graduate studies, cheating has become one of those temptations. Countless students have fallen into the habit to manage their overwhelming workload. Most would assume that straight-A students are above this dishonesty, but several New York Times… Read More »

DREAM Act: Scholarships difficult to get for legal residents

By ROBERT WILCOX HEALDSBURG HIGH SCHOOL, 16, JUNIOR Imagine you are applying to colleges, and you set you sights on one particular school. You just love this school, and it is your dream to go there. The cost is a little high, but you will find a way to manage. You receive a letter from the college and open it with giddy excitement, but your dreams shatter when you are not accepted. In your place, there is someone who is… Read More »

Teen Face: Kirsten Smith of Healdsburg High

By PAUL PAYNE THE PRESS DEMOCRAT When Kirsten Smith goes to Cal Poly this fall to study business management, she’ll be one step further down the road of achieving her career goal: Becoming the head of a large company. It’s a path the 2012 Healdsburg High School graduate started down years ago. Way back in third grade, she was a peer mediator, stepping in between kids who were fighting over schoolyard disputes. By high school, she had honed her leadership… Read More »

As far as college goes, looking past practical

By AARON A. MILLER HEALDSBURG HIGH SCHOOL, JUNIOR, 17 Being a junior, I have recently begun my college search. I haven’t decided much, but one thing stands out from all my research: I cannot afford to go to college. Realistically speaking, you probably can’t either: Even “cheap” public universities cost tens of thousands of dollars a year. In CSUs this year, students will pay $10,570 in tuition, while a UC will cost about $31,000. This is not even considering what… Read More »